Last night, J. Cole returned to his alma mater, St. John’s University in New York, to perform at a show organized by Haraya, The Pan-African Students’ Coalition – the same org. that Cole himself was President of back in 2007. Talk about life coming full circle! But there was an even cooler moment than that…

Dr. Julia Upton, who taught Cole as a freshman in the required “Discover New York” class, brought with her a major surprise: his official college degree! Majoring in communications and minoring in business, Cole graduated Summa cum laude in 2007 with a GPA of 3.82, but he never received the sheepskin because of a missing library book.

And what’s he going to do with that special piece of paper?

“I’m gonna send it to my Mom.”

Lights, please.

Photo Credit: Nicole Fara Silver for The Village Voice

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